A Mount is an animal that a player can ride (or machine if the player is a Gnome or an Engineer) that increases movement speed during travel. Warlocks and Paladins can summon their mounts with special spells. Also, in the Outlands, flying mounts are available for purchase after reaching level 70. There are a few options/requirements for acquiring a mount. A player can either learn the riding skill and purchase the mounts that correspond to that skill level, buy PvP Mounts using Marks of Honor, buy specific reputation mounts (where a specific rep with a faction is needed, usually this is exalted) such as Cenarion Expedition, Talbuks from Halaa, etc., or try to acquire a mount from such instances as Stratholme, Zul'Gurub, Zul'Aman, Tempest Keep - The Eye, Magisters' Terrace, Sethekk Halls, and Karazhan (these mounts, however, have an extremely low drop rate).
The ability for another race to be able to acquire a different race's mount, requires the reputation of exalted with the faction. For example, if a human want to ride an Elekk, they must be exalted with Exodar.
If a player is in good standing with their particular faction (meaning they are Friendly, Honored, Revered, or Exalted), they may be able to obtain a reputation discount for that corresponding faction. Reputation discounts cover more than just mounts though. They are available for other items as well. This discount pertains to a faction discount (5% friendly, 10% honored, 15% revered and 20% exalted).
The Apprentice Riding Skill (75) is available to players at level 30 for the cost of 35 gold. The skill may be acquired for less if the player has any reputation discounts. Players may only purchase a Rare ground mount for an additional 10 gold after the skill has been trained. The Rare mount has a 60% movement speed increase.
The Journeyman Riding Skill (150) is available for 600 gold at level 60. Reputation discounts may apply. Players may purchase an Epic ground mount for an additional 100 gold after the skill has been trained. The Epic mount has a 100% movement increase.
Both the Expert (225) and Artisan (300) Riding Skills are available at level 70. The first riding skill (Expert) allows players to ride a flying mount that costs 800 gold for the skill training and an additional 100 gold for the mount. This flying mount has a 60% movement increase. The Artisan Riding Skill costs 5000 gold for the skill training and an additional 200 gold for an epic flying mount. No reputation discounts are available. The epic flying mount has a 280% movement increase.
Upon entering Northrend players will be ground bound as the treacherous winds are to difficult to master with novice Outland wings. Once the player reaches level 77, Cold Weather Flying can be purchased for 1,000 gold from Hira Snowdawn, Roxi Ramrocket or Pilot Vic. Druids will have to train Cold Weather Flying to regain use of their Flight Form.
|Skill Level||Player Level||Cost (in gold)||Mount Grade||Mount Cost|
|225 / 300||77||1000||Cold Weather Flying||-|
Rare Ground Mounts cost 10 gold and require the Apprentice Riding Skill (75) to ride.
Epic Ground Mounts cost 100 gold and require the Journeyman Riding Skill (150) to ride.
|Swift Nightsaber||Night Elf|
|Swift Hawkstrider||Blood Elf|
Flying mounts can only be purchased using the Expert Riding Skill (225) after gaining level 70. The basic flying mount costs 100 gold.
|Alliance||Gryphon||All Alliance Races|
|Horde||Wyvern||All Horde Races|
|Both||Druid Flight form||Night Elf, Tauren|
|Flying Machine Control||All Engineers with skill 350 or above|
Epic Flying Mounts can be acquired once reaching level 70 and gaining the Artisan Riding Skill (300). The epic flying mounts cost around 200 gold and may also require a certain level of reputation with the mounts corresponding faction.
|Alliance||Swift Gryphon||All Alliance Races||None|
|Horde||Swift Wyvern||All Horde Races||None|
|Both||Cenarion War Hippogryph||All Races||Exalted with Cenarion Expedition, 2000 gold|
|Nether Ray||All Races||Exalted with Sha'tari Skyguard|
|Netherwing Drake||All Races||Questline / Exalted with Netherwing|
|Turbo-Charged Flying Machine Control||All Engineers with skill 375||None|
|Swift Flight Form||Druids, Night Elf and Tauren||None|
PvP mounts require an accumulation of honor tokens and honor to purchase.
|Both||Swift Nether Drake||All Races||Seasonal Arena reward|
|Alliance||Black Battlestrider||All Alliance Races||-|
|Black War Ram||All Alliance Races||-|
|Black War Steed||All Alliance Races||-|
|Black War Tiger||All Alliance Races||-|
|Black War Elekk||All Alliance Races||-|
|Horde||Black War Wolf||All Horde Races||-|
|Red Skeletal Warhorse||All Horde Races (except Tauren)||-|
|Black War Kodo||All Horde Races||-|
|Black War Raptor||All Horde Races||-|
|Swift Warstrider||All Horde Races||-|
|Both||Dark War Talbuk||All Races||Halaa|
|Dark Riding Talbuk||All Races||Halaa|
|Alliance||Stormpike Battle Charger||All Alliance Races||Alterac Valley|
|Horde||Frostwolf Howler||All Horde Races||Alterac Valley|
There are three Rare Faction Mounts in the game - two in the Burning Crusade expansion and one in Winterspring.
Winterspring Frostsaber: The only epic ground mount that a player can purchase with the Apprentice Riding Skill. The player must be level 60 and be exalted with the Wintersaber Trainers to purchase this mount. The mount costs 80 gold and is sold by Rivern Frostwind on Frostsaber Rock.
Riding Talbuk: This epic mount requires the player to be exalted with the corresponding Nagrand faction (Mag'har for the Horde and Kurenai for the Alliance) to purchase. The mount costs 70 gold and is sold by two vendors: Provisioner Nasela for the Mag'har, and Trader Narasu for the Kurenai.
War Talbuk: This epic mount requires the player to be exalted with the corresponding Nagrand faction (Mag'har for the Horde and Kurenai for the Alliance) to purchase. The mount costs 100 gold and is sold by two vendors: Provisioner Nasela for the Mag'har, and Trader Narasu for the Kurenai. 
Dropped mounts are mounts that are found in instances all over both the Outlands and Azeroth. All of these mounts have an extremely low drop rate, and can be obtained by members of either faction.
|Mount||Drop Mob||Drop Location|
|Black Qiraji Battle Tank||Varies||Temple of Ahn'Qiraj|
|Deathcharger's Reins||Baron Rivendare||Stratholme|
|Swift Zulian Tiger||High Priest Thekal||Zul'Gurub|
|Swift Razzashi Raptor||Bloodlord Mandokir||Zul'Gurub|
|Fiery Warhorse's Reins||Attumen the Huntsman||Karazhan|
|Reins of the Raven Lord||Anzu||Heroic Sethekk Halls|
|Amani War Bear||-||Zul'Aman, Timed Run, Chest 4|
|Swift White Hawkstrider||Kael'thas Sunstrider||Heroic Magisters' Terrace|
Special mounts are available during game-wide events throughout the year.
Feast of Winter Veil: During this festival, Fresh or Preserved Holly can be obtained, which changes the players mount into a reindeer. If the player is on a flying mount, the reindeer will fly. Both items require level 40. The Preserved Holly can be obtained by completing quests "Metzen the Reindeer" or "The Hero of the Day".
Brewfest: During this fun festival, 600 Brewfeast Prize Tickets can be turned in along with gold to obtain a Brewfest Ram or a Swift Brewfest Ram. The Brewfest Ram costs 10 gold, along with the 600 tickets. The Swift Brewfest Ram costs 100 gold and 600 tickets. The Alliance can buy their Ram from Belbi Quikswitch in Dun Morogh, while the Horde can see Blix Fixwidget in Durotar.
Hallow's End: During this seasonal event, players can obtain rideable broomsticks. All brooms are dropped from the Headless Horseman in Scarlet Monastary's graveyard wing. Each different broomstick requires a different level/riding skill combination. The Headless Horseman also drops The Reins of the Headless Horseman's mount.
There are five ways to increase the speed of your mount. All methods work on both ground and flying mounts. The first three methods can be "stacked" or used together, while the last two cannot.
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